For a hockey team, the Lightning sure seem like a sensitive bunch.They contemplate, they calculate, they fret. Instead of kicking down the door, they pirouette around the vestibule.Tampa Bay was one of two teams to vote against the NHL’s 24-team playoff plan because, apparently, Lightning players were worried a bye would not properly prepare them for the rigors of postseason hockey as well as those lucky stiffs in the first round.Say what?The Lightning should be more ready for the postseason than any team in NHL history. They should have been living, breathing and spitting ready for the playoffs since getting slapped out in the first round by Columbus 407 days ago.Maybe I’m reading too much into the Lightning’s complaint about the playoff plan, but it sure feels like a team looking for an excuse. It’s as if they’ve blamed last year’s pratfall on clinching too early and not being as sharp as Columbus, and now they’re worried about it again in 2020.I’m no psychiatrist, but that strikes me as a self-fulfilling-prophecy type of thinking.Let’s face it, there was never going to be a perfect solution for the NHL to restart the season after the pandemic. Too much time had passed to finish the regular season, so expanding the playoff field for teams on the bubble and giving byes to the top teams seemed like an equitable solution.Heck, even the seven teams barred from the playoffs understood that and voted for the plan.Mind you, this wasn’t a question of being wary of playing in the summer of coronavirus, which would be entirely justified. Except Alex Killorn, the team’s union representative, made it clear that Lightning players were eager to get back on the ice.This was simply an issue of a perceived competitive imbalance.Killorn first brought up concerns about the first-round bye in a conference call with reporters last week, then confirmed it to Joe Smith of The Athletic that the expanded playoff field and the bye were sticking points among Tampa Bay players.“They didn’t feel it was fair that certain teams that probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs would have a chance to make the playoffs in a best-of-five series," Killorn said. “My team also felt it was unfair that the teams with a bye would not be as well prepared for a playoff series as the teams that had already basically played a playoff series to get into the playoffs."First of all, the alternative would not have been ideal, either. Let’s say every team had a first-round matchup. Do you think going from a three-month layoff immediately into playoff games might produce more fluke results than normal? At least the Lightning get to ease their way back into action with round-robin games against other top teams that might then be used to reseed for the next round.Honestly, the details of the plan are not as disconcerting as the Lightning’s reaction to them. You would hope to have seen more confidence from this group. More arrogance. More of a bring-it-on mentality.Yet this team that got run out of the playoffs last year by a more aggressive and bold opponent is now voluntarily revisiting that old plot line?These guys are too good for this silliness. They have a world-class goaltender. Award winners and future Hall of Famers. They have a coach with a near-unprecedented winning percentage.The Lightning should be walking into the postseason with the swagger of hard cases instead of candy stripers.Even with an abbreviated season, the Lightning have won 105 games the past two years. No other team has cracked 95. And it’s no fluke. Tampa Bay has won more regular season games than any team in the NHL since 2012-13.The problem, during that same time, is Tampa Bay is only seventh in playoff victories.Is there a case to be made that the Lightning are not built for the postseason? I suppose, although the core of this team was two victories away from winning a Stanley Cup not that long ago.Maybe it’s just time for the Lightning to stop analyzing themselves. Stop worrying about worst-case scenarios. Just drop the freaking puck and get to it.